About the Community Board

The Waitai Coastal-Burwood-Linwood Community Board holds regular meetings that you’re welcome to attend. Anyone can ask to speak to the Community Board about a local issue, activity or project. 

The Community Board's main roles are to:

  • Represent and act as an advocate for the interests of our community.
  • Consider and report on all matters referred to us by the council, or any matter of interest to the board.
  • Maintain an overview of services provided by the council within the community.
  • Communicate with community organisations and special interest groups within the community.

What's happening in the community


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Local events

Monday 29 July 2024 07:30 pm

BOEE Speaker Event

Hosted by Brighton Observatory of Environment and Ecomonics Trust

What does adaptation look like on the ground?

Climate change, extreme weather, sea-level rise: This evening looks in NZ and overseas at how communities are adapting, and how agencies and institutions are handling it.


Paul Zaanen – Jospeh and Associates NZ

Dr Kate Kipling – Environment Agency (UK)

Jonathan Kassian – Head of Research, Flood RE (UK)

Dr Megan Wood MP – NZ Parliament

Starts at 7:30pm at Te Waka Aroha, St Faiths. 46-50 Hawke St, New Brighton.

Click here for more info and to register for your free ticket to this event.

Tuesday 30 July 2024 06:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Public information session on the Christchurch Wastewater Treatment Plant


Tuesday 30 July 6pm–7pm


St Ambrose Anglican Church, 309 Breezes Road, Aranui.


Hear about how damage from the fire has impacted the plant and what we’re doing to keep the plant running and address odours.

We’ll also provide an update on the future of the plant.

The session will be facilitated by Waitai Coastal-Burwood-Linwood Community Board Chair Paul McMahon. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.

Please email tayla.smith@ccc.govt.nz if you have any questions.

Sunday 11 August 2024 10:00 am

Monthly Dutch Market

Everything Dutch - fresh and imported food van hagelslag tot haring, books, activities, games, gezelligheid, language, immigration, future events, and windmills.

10am - 12:30pm at the Netherlands Society Cultural Centre, 637 Marshland Road, Ouruhia.

For everyone – you don't have to be Dutch – who wants to try Dutch food, loves Dutch food, is curious about the Netherlands, wants to connect with Dutch people and practice your Dutch or find out why they are how they are.

Come on down and let’s celebrate all that’s Dutch.

Haring, erwten soup, famous 'LekkerDutch' poffertjes, oliebollen, Ogees Coffee Car, fresh homemade appeltaart met slagroom, cheese and groceries from Stanmore BinIn, rookworst, games, free books, Dutch events and memberships and passport information.

After the market, we offer Dutch lessons in a small group, any level and entry is koha.

We are delighted to welcome new members to our community, and you can join as an individual or a family. Just ask any member for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you at the next market, tot gauw.

Click here, for all the details and links.

Friday 6 September 2024 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

Governance Workshop for Chartities

New charities laws: Governance reviews – a new legal requirement for charities

If your group is registered with Charities Services, a recent law change means that you’ll need to do a ‘governance review’ at some stage in the next two years. You’ll then have to notify Charities Services that you have done this as part of your Annual Return.

If you’d like to know more, you’d be welcome to attend this free workshop run by Community Law Canterbury.

Workshop covers: We’ll explain what a governance review is. We’ll also help you make a plan for your group to do this.

Workshop open to: This workshop is open to any Christchurch group that is registered with Charities Services.

If fully booked, priority will be given to groups who receive funding from either the Christchurch City Council or the Rātā Foundation.

We regret that we cannot accept bookings from advisors who provide paid advisory services to community groups.

Workshop length: 1 hour

Date: Friday 06 September – 12.00 – 1.00 pm (feel free to bring your lunch if you like!)

How to register: email communityeducation@canlaw.org.nz


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Tree Planting Plans

Tree planting plans

We are consulting on a series of tree planting plans for parks and reserves across Ōtautahi Christchurch. This map shows the tree planting plans in your community board area. Click on the tree icons to learn more and provide feedback.

Please note: you can filter open and closed consultations by using the box at the top left of the map.

Meet your community board

Each board is made up of councillors and community board members who are elected every three years in local body elections.

Paul McMahon


Community Board member for the Linwood Ward

021 184 1072
PO Box 73023, Christchurch 8154

Jackie Simons

Deputy Chairperson

Community Board member for the Linwood Ward

027 4732795
PO Box 73023, Christchurch 8154

Tim Baker

Community Board member for the Burwood Ward

027 727 6111
PO Box 73023, Christchurch 8154

Kelly Barber

Kelly Barber

Councillor for Burwood Ward

021 086 76195
PO Box 73016, Christchurch 8154

Celeste Donovan

Celeste Donovan

Councillor for Coastal Ward

021 289 9880
PO Box 73016, Christchurch

Alex Hewison

Community Board member for the Coastal Ward

027 277 9810
PO Box 73023, Christchurch 8154

Yani Johanson

Yani Johanson

Councillor for Linwood Ward

021 799 321
PO Box 73016, Christchurch 8154

Greg Mitchell

Greg Mitchell

Community Board member for the Burwood Ward

027 302 3812
PO Box 73023, Christchurch 8154

Jo Zervos

Jo Zervos

Community Board member for the Coastal Ward

021 077 6604
PO Box 73023, Christchurch 8154

Your local Community Governance Team

Chris Turner-Bullock Manager Community Governance 03 941 8233 christopher.turner@ccc.govt.nz
Cindy Sheppard Community Board Advisor 03 941 6547 cindy.sheppard@ccc.govt.nz
Emily Toase Community Development Advisor 03 941 5216 emily.toase@ccc.govt.nz
Jason Chee Community Development Advisor 03 941 7145 jason.chee@ccc.govt.nz
Rory Crawford Community Development Advisor 03 941 7069 rory.crawford@ccc.govt.nz
Tayla Smith Community Development Advisor 03 941 5652 tayla.smith@ccc.govt.nz